An experimental program which investigated the surface temperature distribution of a contemporary gas turbine combustion liner is presented. An array of 65 embedded surface mounted thermocouples was installed on a Rolls Royce/Allison T56 combustion liner and exposed to combustion conditions in the Combustion Chamber Sector Rig (CCSR) at the Royal Military College of Canada. The CCSR was operated at two test points to simulate idle and cruise modes of operation. Corresponding exhaust temperature measurements were taken in the test combustion chamber exhaust plane with a sweeping thermocouple rake. These efforts were the latest in a multi-year program to investigate the impact of service wear related geometric deformations of combustion liners and damaged/fouled fuel nozzles on the exit temperature profile from typical combustion chambers. It has been previously ascertained that real-world geometric anomalies in the T56 combustion chambers, particularly in the transitional zone, can modify the exhaust temperature profile to a sufficient degree so as to risk hot section damage due to excessive heat exposure. The collection and analysis of surface temperature data represents a useful extension of the knowledge base of the T56 combustion system within the context of the overall program and is paramount to upcoming numerical modelling efforts aimed at assessing hot section damage risks.

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